If anything written here rings a bell for you, then you may want to consider speaking to a health professional. Setting up an appointment with your GP is a great first step – and if you already know you struggle with inattentiveness, it could be worth booking the appointment right away, rather than putting it off until you know exactly what you want to say.
Since ADHD is most commonly diagnosed in children, older adults can often feel as if there’s no point in finding out when they’ve managed up to this point – but that’s not the case.
It’s often said that just knowing that you have ADHD is one of the most important and effective steps in treating it, and this is true at any age. Even prior to any medicinal or therapeutic treatment, being aware of the different (and sometimes brilliant) ways that your brain works can make it so much easier to start living your life in ways that work for you.
Dr. Edward Hallowell describes ADHD as a ‘good news diagnosis’, because finally understanding how your brain works allows you to make sense of a lot of the challenges you’ve experienced in life, and equips you to deal with them going forward. ADHD is also the single most treatable condition in current psychiatry.
If you’re diagnosed with ADHD, there are a number of treatment options available. The most common are medication and therapy, which work best when combined.
Fortunately, the majority of medications used to treat ADHD are highly effective with little to no side effects, and many will attest to the life-changing effects of these treatments.